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strongly they may be expressed in three or four lines. I can't build without straw; nor have I the ingenuity of the spider, to spin fine lines out of dirt: a master of a college would make but a miserable figure as a hero of a poem, and Cambridge sophs are too low to introduce into a letter that aims not at punning:
Hand eguidem invideo vati, quern pulpita pascunt. But why mayn't we hold a classical correspondence ? I can never forget the many agreeable hours we have passed in reading Horace and Virgil; and I think they are topics will never grow stale. Let us extend the Eoman Empire, and cultivate two barbarous towns o'er-run with rusticity and mathematics. The creatures are so used to a circle, that they plod on in the same eternal round, with their whole view confined to apunctum, cujus nulla, estjpars:
Their time a moment, and a point their space2. Orabunt causas melius, coelique meatus Describent radio, et surgentia sidera dicent: Tu coluisse novem Musas, Bomane, memento; Hae tibi erunt artes.....
We have not the least poetry stirring here ; for I can't call verses on the 5th of November and 30th of January by that name, more than four lines on a chapter in the New Testament is an epigram. Tydeus3 rose and set at Eton: he is only known here to be a scholar of King's. Orosmades and Almanzor are just the same; that is, I am almost the only person they are acquainted with, and consequently
2 ' His time a moment, and a point hia space.'—Pope, Essay on Han, Bp. 1.72.
s Tydeus, Orosmades (probably a transcriber's or printer's error for Oromasdes), Almanzor, and Plato were four Cambridge men, who, as Miss Berry notes, had been Eton contemporaries of Walpole and West. Tydeua and Almanzor have not yet been identified. The sug-
gested identification of Tydeus with Walpole is excluded by the fact that Tydeus is referred to as a ' scholar' of King's, a description which, if the term scholar is to be used in the strict sense, could not apply to Horace Walpole. ' Orosmades' is evidently Gray. Plato appears to be Thomas Ashton. (See Tovey, Gray and his Friends, pp. 80-1, 138.)